Sunday, 15 March 2015

Letter to press re cuts to West Berkshire Council Children's Services budgets

 Dear Editor,

The Conservative leader of West Berkshire Council has said that he was "delighted" with their budget.

This presumably means that he is delighted that:
  • the cuts to the budget for short respite breaks "may increase the likelihood of family breakdown"
  • cuts to speech, language, physio and occupational therapies to children with Special Educational Needs may lead to "to provision falling short of statutory requirements and being open to challenge"
  • several of the cuts will cause services to "focus exclusively on children at the bottom of the edge of care, at risk of exploitation or those who go missing".
  • cutting the budget of the Youth Offending Team "could lead to an increase in the number of young people receiving a custodial sentence,with potential associated non-avoidable costs to us [the Council] ". This team used to have one of the best records in the country.
  • cuts to Educational Welfare "will mean less support for more vulnerable pupils and their families, with a negative impact on schools and standards".
  • ceasing to commission the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service "may lead to a reduction in effective support to highly vulnerable young people"
  • the reduction in training budgets "runs contrary to our [the council's] plans to invest in our workforce to improve the quality of social work with children and their families"
  • the reduction in capacity in school place planning and transport will negatively affect "a high pressure area".
All the quotes above are directly from the Tory Administration's own budget papers.


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Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Food hygiene at one of the takeaways in Theale needs "urgent improvement"

As of 13th March 2015, the food hygiene rating for the Oriental Bar takeaway in Theale was "0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary".

Please check these Food Standards Authority Food Hygiene Ratings for takeaways in Theale before you use this takeaway.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Latest application to turn Theale Red Lion into flats refused planning permission

The latest Red Lion planning application has been refused. It was refused on the following grounds:

  • Actual and perceived overlooking of homes in Meadow Way
  • Overlooking of 7 Church Street
  • Insufficient parking
The application was to demolish the skittle alley and extend and convert the pub to provide nine apartments.

I have been informed that the applicant is likely to appeal.


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Kind Regards,

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

£7.4M allocated for replacement primary school for Theale

West Berkshire Council agreed their capital investment programme last night that includes investing £7,373,740 in a new school to replace Theale Church of England Primary School.

This is good news for Theale as the current school is full. However, it will not be finished until at least the summer of 2017. There have been long unnecessary delays in the project and a site for the new school has still not yet been finalised.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Lane closures on Theale Bypass Thursday 5th March

There will be lane closures on the Theale Bypass during the day on Thursday 5th March. This is for gully (drain) cleansing.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Demolition work behind 40-58 Theale High Street due to start 2nd March

Demolition work behind 40-58 Theale High Street is scheduled to start Monday 2nd March. Thi is in preparation for the development of 27 homes for the over-55s.

The work may affect the access between Kaya's and Cropper's that leads to Cumber Hall and Leonard court.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Bridge taking A340 Theale to Pangbourne road over the M4 will be closed from 2nd to 13th March, traffic will be diverted

The bridge taking the A340 Theale to Pangbourne road over the M4 near Tidmarsh will be closed for repairs maintenance from Monday 2nd March to 13th March.

Traffic will be diverted.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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